Both Utah (5-5, 2-5 in conference) and Washington (8-2, 5-2 in conference) are looking to bounce back after their tough losses last week.
The Utes are still searching for their sixth win of the year to be bowl eligible and will have two more chances to do so. Meanwhile, the Huskies are on the edge of the cliff in the Pac-12 North, and a loss to the Utes will stop them from clinching the north. Here’s what media are saying about the game.
Petersen sees the uniqueness in Huntley
In a Q&A by the Seattle Times, Washington coach Chris Petersen was asked about Utah’s starting quarterback Tyler Huntley and what makes him unique. Here what Petersen said:
“I think what makes him different is his athleticism, that he can get out. He’s very fast and can get outside the pocket and buy time and find guys. Those are always scary things. Every defense in the country cannot stand that, when the quarterback gets out of the pocket and then starts making plays.
"If you did the first part right, we have a good call and we have a good coverage going and then you make plays. That’s part of the game. That’s what the good quarterbacks do. That’s what we were just talking about with Jake (Browning).”
To go a bit further with the first-year starter, the Times follows up by bringing up running back Zack Moss and wide receiver Demari Simpkins. Both were Huntley’s high school teammates in Hallandale, Florida. Here’s how Petersen responded:
“The longer you’re with your guys, I think all that helps. It might even be more than just playing — it has to do with chemistry and those types of things.”
Who are the Huskies looking out for
A News Tribune article talks about how the Huskies are moving forward from a tough loss to Stanford and focusing on Utah. With the Pac-12 North still on the line for the Huskies, the team is game planning on the Utes’ explosive offense led by Huntley and wide receiver Darren Carrington II.
The defense will have a tough task containing Huntley and keeping him in the pocket. Huskies defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski is game planning on how to pressure the mobile quarterback and have him avoid scrambling with the football. Last week in their loss to Washington State, Huntley was 21-39 for 305 yards and had a 1-for-3 touchdown/interception ratio. He also led the team in rushing with 51 yards.
“We gotta do a good job of leveraging him in the pocket when he goes back to throw,” Kwiatkowski said of Huntley. “We gotta try and minimize that and keeping him in the pocket and keeping him from scrambling around.”
Darren Carrington II
Along with Huntley is his go-to target Carrington II. He didn’t play last week against Washington, for an undisclosed reason; however, the Huskies are preparing to face the Oregon transfer as if he will be active for Saturday night. Despite dealing with his nagging injuries all year, he still leads the Utes in catches (58) and yardage (830) and touchdowns (6) as a wide out. He’s also one of the Pac-12 top leaders in the wide receiver categories.
“I think he’s hands down the best wide receiver in the Pac-12,” Huskies defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said to the News Tribune. “Hands down. Very talented receiver. He attacks the football. He’s got tremendous size. 6-3. He’s fast. Very, very savvy. Excellent football player.”